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Articles from the January 11, 2018 edition


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  • Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Suspends Wholesale Tobacco Licenses

    Jan 11, 2018

    (January 9, 2018) AKWESASNE – The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Compliance Department recently completed an investigation into the improper sale and distribution of New York State-issued cigarettes from mid-October to December 1, 2017. The investigation found that three licensed vendors conducted transactions that did not comply with the established tribal approval process, which prevented local businesses from having access to major brand tobacco products. As a result, the Compliance Department suspended three (3) tribal wholesale licenses and...

  • Tom Porter Speaks on Condolence

    Darren Bonaparte|Jan 11, 2018

    By Darren Bonaparte (Akwesasne) As was expected, Mohawk elder Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter packed the house at the Kawehno:ke Community Centre on December 19, 2017. His topic was Condolence - the ceremonies and customs related to death - but he managed to keep things on the lighter side. The event was sponsored by the Tekanikonrahwa:kon Wholistic Health & Wellness Program of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. Looking around the hall, it was apparent that folks had come far and wide to hear the...

  • Mohawk Council Establishes Cannabis Working Task Group

    Jan 11, 2018

    The Mohawk Council (MCA) recently established a Cannabis Working Task Group with the first meeting being held on December 14, 2017. The group is comprised of Council members, a Youth Council representative, an Elder representative, and representatives from the Departments of Health, Tehotiienawakon, Justice, Community and Social Services and the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Services. The group’s stated priority is to research, examine and report back to Council options for consideration regarding the regulation, distribution and sale of r...

  • Ottawa Court can reject police & court transcripts as evidence in St. Anne's residential school cases

    Jan 11, 2018

    According to a recent ruling Ottawa Superior Court can continue to reject the use of police and court transcripts as evidence from survivors who attended St. Anne’s Indian Residential School in their student-on-student compensation claims The ruling, issued by Justice Paul Perell on Jan. 4, decided the courts could not force Ottawa to admit to abuse under the terms of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. The agreement created a system for setting compensation levels known as the Independent Assessment Process (IAP). The IAP w...

  • Akwesasne Aces Bring Home the Silver!

    Jan 11, 2018

    Submitted by Tara David (Information by Leonee Mitchell) The Akwesasne Aces took home silver in their first tournament as a team. They completed in the Warrior Game tournament in Cattaraugus with 12 runners and 2 goalies. This team was put together by the young men themselves in a determination to continue playing lacrosse together through the winter. With help from dedicated parents it was no time at all before a team was formed, jerseys were made, and a spot secured in their first tournament....

  • Tribal Programs Receive Pajama Donation from Healthy Families New York

    Jan 11, 2018

    AKWESASNE – The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's Office of the Family Advocate and the Three Sisters Program, along with members of the Tribal Council, expressed appreciation today for a generous donation of approximately 50 baby and toddler pajamas from Healthy Families New York – Franklin & Clinton Counties, a unit of Behavioral Health Services North, Inc. based in Plattsburgh, New York. Healthy Families is a prevention program that provides home-based services and support to parents with young chil...

  • Niawenkowa

    Jan 11, 2018

    The Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment, Inc. (ATFE) received a $35,000.00 grant from the First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) of Longmont, Colorado in support of Traditional Sustainable Agriculture projects such as Apple, Maple and Honey production and restoration of Haudenosaunee Heirloom Seeds. In each project that the ATFE, Inc. takes on, it must restore the traditional, cultural and natural resources of the Mohawk people of Akwesasne and incorporate the youth in each of these projects because it is up to them to make sure our...

  • What to Expect in 2018 from Trump's Administration

    Kaniehtonkie|Jan 11, 2018

    It’s just the beginning of year 2018. Wishing everyone good health, well-being and prosperity for the new year only seems right. And now, more than ever – necessary. We all know how positive thinking can work in your favor, lets try that on saving earth. Because Trump and his Administration seem hell bent on destroying the planet we live on and removing anyone of any color from the US. Socially and environmentally and politically, here is what we can look forward to in the coming year and just how it all may affect you and yours. The United Sta...

  • Akwesasne Welcomes Future Doctors Through McGill University Partnership

    Jan 11, 2018

    (January 8, 2018) Since August of 2017, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne's Department of Health has served as an educational site for future doctors. Through MCA's Dept. of Health and Wholistic Health & Wellness Program, which encompasses the medical clinics, doctors, and Traditional Medicine unit, McGill University in Montreal has been able to give their medical students first-hand experience in a First Nation. Two of MCA's doctors, Dr. Horn and Dr. Saylor, have been supporting McGill's endeavor...

  • No Commercial Vessels Remaining In The U.S. Sector Of The Seaway

    Jan 11, 2018

    (January 9, 2018) The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation reports that this morning, all commercial vessels cleared the U.S. locks for the navigation season. As of Sunday night, three of the five vessels waiting to depart the U.S. sector of the Seaway System, the MITIQ, the BEATRIX, and the BILLESBORG, successfully transited the U.S. Snell Lock. Late last night, all three vessels arrived safely in Montreal. Earlier this morning, the remaining two vessels, the FEDERAL BISCAY and the PACIFIC HURON, safely transited Snell Lock and are no...

  • Donation to Toys for Tots

    Jan 11, 2018

    Back in December, Tarbell Management Group made a generous donation to Toys for Tots, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's Division of Social Services. Left to Right: Krystal Phillips, Gretchen Tarbell, Eli Tarbell, Deputy Commissioner Clarissa Chatland, Ellie Fuller and Chloe Cebek....

  • Tribal Chief Beverly Cook Receives Indian Health Service Award

    Jan 11, 2018

    AKWESASNE – Congratulations to Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Beverly Cook on receiving the Directors Award for Excellence from the Indian Health Service Nashville Area Office on Tsiothóhrha/December 7, 2017. Chief Cook was one of six individuals recognized for their years of extraordinary service to the Indian Health Service or a tribal health program. She received the highest level of recognition from the Nashville Area Director "for her exploration of innovative health treatment options an...

  • Mid-Winter Ceremonies to begin January 20, 2018

    Jan 11, 2018

    At the End of Season's Ceremony, the Chiefs, Clanmothers, and Faithkeepers released the men (hunters) to go out and collect meat for the midwinter ceremonies. The speaker had told the people that the Midwinter Ceremonies will begin five nights after the Teskoha Karahkwa (new moon). The Midwinter Ceremonies are set to take place at the Mohawk Nation Longhouse on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Before then, the Big Heads (Rotinontsistowanon) will be bundled by the Chiefs, Clanmothers and Faithkeepers...

  • Community Feedback Sought for Proposed Streetlights Plan

    Jan 11, 2018

    AKWESASNE – The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is continuing efforts to improve and enhance public safety through assorted community infrastructure projects. The most recent project is the result of concerns expressed by community members at tribal monthly meetings and other venues for improved street lighting. As a result, the Tribe’s Planning & Infrastructure Department is seeking community input on a proposed plan to expand street lighting throughout the southern portion of Akwesasne. “The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe takes pride in stren...

  • AKWESASNE MEDICAL CLINIC SCHEDULE 613-575-2341 ext. 3215

    Jan 11, 2018

    Fri. Jan. 12th Dr. Horn 9:00-11:30-by appt. Dr. Saylor 9:00-11:30-minor emergency walk-in 1:00-2:00-by appt. Dr. Emy Martineau-Rheaul 8:00-12:00-minor emergency walk-in Mon. Jan. 15th Dr. Horn 9:00-11:30-minor emergency walk-in Tues. Jan. 16th Dr. Horn @ Tsiionkwanonhso:te 9:00-11:30-minor emergency walk-in Dr. Saylor 9:00-11:30-minor emergency walk-in 2:00-4:00-by appt. Wed. Jan. 17th Dr. Horn @ Iakhihsohtha Well Women’s Clinic 9:15-2:30-by appt. Dr. Letourneau 8:30-11:30-by appt. 1:00-3:00-by appt. Thurs. Jan. 18th Dr. Horn @ Iakhihsohtha 9...

  • KAWEHNOKE MEDICAL CLINIC SCHEDULE 613-932-5808

    Jan 11, 2018

    Fri. Jan. 12th Janet Brant, NP 8:30-11:30-by appt. 1:00-3:30-same day appt. Dr. Levac 9:00-3:30-by referral & follow-ups Mon. Jan. 15th Janet Brant, NP 8:30-11:30-same day appt. 1:00-3:30-by appt. Lannie Mitchell, NP 8:30-4:00-by appt. Tues. Jan. 16th Dr. Torres 9:00-3:00-by appt. Lannie Mitchell, NP 8:00-3:00-by appt. Dr. Horn @ Tsiionkwanonhso:te 9:00-11:30-walk-in Wed. Jan. 17th Janet Brant, NP 8:30-11:30-same day appt. 1:00-3:30-by appt. Lannie Mitchell, NP 10:30-3:00-by appt. Thurs. Jan. 18th Janet Brant, NP 8:30-11:30-by appt. Lannie...

  • MMH Adds Licensed Clinical Social Worker For Outpatient Centers

    Jan 11, 2018

    MASSENA, NY – Licensed Clinical Social Worker Alison Herne, LCSW-R, recently joined the staff at Massena Memorial Hospital. She is MMH's first social worker dedicated to serving the needs of the hospital's outpatient clients. With 20 years of social work experience, Herne uses her compassionate expertise to assist patients in overcoming barriers which might hinder their healthcare goals. She works closely with the hospital's outreach clinics. Herne can help a person arrange for transportation t...

  • Why The Bear Clan Knows Medicine

    Jan 11, 2018

    Submitted By John Kahionhes Fadden One time an old man appeared at the edge of a village in ragged clothes, hungry and leaning on a cane. He approached the first barkhouse, of a clan, but the woman of the house turned him away with disdain. The old man went to each of the clan houses with the same result. No one would help him in his time of need. Finally he came to the last house at the far edge of the village, a Bear Clan house. Here he was welcomed and given fresh clothing. He ate and was...

  • Nicandri Nature Center January 2018 Ski and Snowshoe How To and Activities

    Jan 11, 2018

    Cross Country Ski Instruction: Join our ski clinics to work on skiing skills. Beginners will be taught the basics of Nordic Skiing, from how to gear up and get going, to body positioning and more. Those who have skied before will work on improving their techniques and practicing their skills. Offered on Thursday, January 25th at 3:30 pm, and Sundays the 14th and 28th at 1:30 pm. Snowshoe How To: Got a pair for Christmas and aren’t sure what to do with them? Join our snowshoe “how-to” and learn the basics of snowshoeing, then practice your...

  • Mohawk Lesson

    Jan 11, 2018

    Mohawk Lesson...

  • A Message from the Seven Dancers Coalition

    Jan 11, 2018

    Traditionally our Haudenosaunee communities similar to other tribes and nations were harmonious and balanced based on the equal respect between the men and women. The roles of the women were seen as being of equal importance to the roles of the men, and the women were held in high regard as the life-bringers and care takers of the earth, plants, and families. The Haudenosaunee similar to many other indigenous tribes and nations were matriarchal, which means the clans and kinship was handed down...

  • Reader Comic

    Jan 11, 2018

    Team Canada: Gold Medal Team Sweden: Silver Medal Team USA: Bronze Medal...

  • Agriculture, Elder Assistance & Home Improvement Discussed at First Tribal Council Meeting of 2018

    Darren Bonaparte|Jan 11, 2018

    The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council held its first public meeting of the New Year on Saturday, January 6, with Chief Eric Thompson as chair. Community members were given annual updates by the agriculture and home improvement programs as well as the Elders Benefit Working Group. There was also an announcement about an expansion of Snow Removal Services. Wally Ransom presented about the Tribe’s Agriculture program and the various initiatives they’ve begun. Ransom said, “People once took great pride in food, because it took a lot of work to cr...

  • Jesse Winchester Drops The Gloves In The Fight Against Cancer

    Jan 11, 2018

    Cornwall – Jan. 3 2018 – The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) in The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry (SDG) & Prescott-Russell has teamed up with former Ottawa Senator, and Long Sault native, Jesse Winchester to raise awareness about cancer in our community. Jesse is partnering with CCS in the fight against cancer by helping raise money to support the organization’s services, including its critical transportation program. In November, CCS announced a three-year partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hocke...

  • Name-Calling

    Jan 11, 2018

    Submitted by Paul Hetzler Encouraging people to make friends with wild plants can be a challenge. Sometimes there are genuine concerns. Nettles, as an example, make an early-spring cooked green par excellence, even though its fresh leaves and stems have stinging hairs that can cause an uncomfortable, if temporary, rash if care is not taken when harvesting it. Other times, it is a matter of perception. Critical to the survival of monarch butterflies, milkweed is delicious when prepared correctly. Jewelweed, native to wetlands, contains a sap...

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